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Global renewable energy investments grow; India leads

New investments in renewable energy and fuels hit $257 billion globally in 2011, with India having the sharpest growth and China attracting the largest amount of deals, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. Investment in India skyrocketed by 62 percent – the highest growth rate for any single country, over 2010 totals, the report noted. On the other hand China earned new investments of $52.2 billion in 2011, the largest sum for any country.

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Vietnam building its first geothermal power plant

Vietnam is on its way to building its pioneering geothermal power plant which will set the stage in tapping geothermal resources across its provinces in the entire country. The 25-megawatt power plant can operate for 24 hours a day without being affected by weather conditions, reported the Viet Nam News. As approved by the provincial authorities, it will be located in the Quang Tri province's Dakrong district...

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Renewable energy to reign in Australia by 2030

Australia, one of the world's coal dependent nations, will fully embrace a bright and green future in the next two decades. This is according to a report by the government’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, which studied 40 energy technologies available in the country and their ability to help meet the demands of its people. The Australian Energy Technology Assessment, released early this week,...

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Electricity generated from Britain’s R.E. sources increase

Britain’s electricity production from renewable energy sources last year was up by 33 percent compared with 2010 and accounted for 9.4 percent of all electricity generated in the country in 2011, according to the annual Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics. The increase is attributed to jumps in electricity generated from both onshore and offshore wind, at 45 percent (10,372 gigawatt-hours) and 68 percent (5,126 GWh), respectively.

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More Clean Energy for Ontario: South Kent Wind Energy Project

Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy team up for a $600 million project that aims to provide 73, 000 households in Canada with a clean source of energy. Ontario is at the forefront of Canada’s wind energy industry. It is the largest producer of wind power in the country with 1, 000 installed turbines that can produce around 2, 000 MW.

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Minnesota town tapping thermal energy of sewer pipes for heating and cooling

The town of Brainerd in Minnesota will develop a renewable energy system that will tap the thermal energy potential of sewer pipes for cooling and heating, the Minnesota Public Radio News reported. With temperatures between 42 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, the sewers where the city’s hot showers, dishwashing water and organic matter all end up can be maximized to generate heat energy, it was found out.

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Renewable energy to grow 40% in five years – I.E.A.

Despite economic uncertainties, global power generation from renewable sources of energy is seen to grow by more than 40 percent to almost 6,400 terawatt-hours over the next five years, or roughly 1.5 times the current electricity production in the United States, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. Renewable energy generation from 2011 to 2017 is expected to be around 1,840 terawatt-hours, 60 percent more than the registered growth of 1,160 terawatt-hours in 2005 to 2011.

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BP: Renewables only 2 percent of global energy consumption

While the fastest-rising in terms of global energy consumption, renewable energy still only accounts for 2.1 percent of the global total as fossil fuels take up 87 percent, according to a review from BP released early this month.

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Next-generation can proves not everything goes to waste

Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University invented a breakthrough toilet system that might just change the way we look at human waste. The system is called the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet which, according to its inventors, can generate electricity and fertilizer at the same time.

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Renewables saw $257 billion in investments in 2011 – REN21

The year 2011 was a strong one for the renewable energy market, with new investment in renewables reaching $257 billion despite the recent economic downtrend. The recently released 2012 edition of REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report found that the sector has continued to grow steadily, with 16.7 percent of global final energy consumption coming from renewable sources in 2012.

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